Anime hero and director of Hogwarts. What nicknames did s1mple and other pro CS:GO players use on Steam?
What casual names do popular professionals use?
Professional players pick a nickname at the very beginning of their career and usually don't change it until it's over. Yes, there are situations like one that happened to Andrey npl Kukharsky when he changed his nickname from nipl to npl, but such cases are rare and happen only at the beginning of careers. Because even Valve won't let you change nicknames.
Such a story happened to Nikolai dev1ce Reedts, who wanted to change his nickname to devve. However, the developers did not let him do this, because by that time he had already won the major, which made it difficult to replace it. But where then do the players put their creativity for composing pseudonyms?
There is Steam for this! Steam does not affect the profile of a professional player in any way and allows you to change the name at any time. Everyone with whom the player will play and who will look for his profile will see it. What nicknames do the pros use on Steam?
s1mple took on the nickname Ackerman and changed his profile avatar. But where did this name come from? The connection is very easy to follow.
In 2022, the fourth season of the extremely popular anime, Attack on Titan, was released. And apparently, s1mple watched this anime and liked it. The player took the name of Levi Ackerman, one of the main characters. Ackerman is the strongest fighter of mankind, a reconnaissance squad captain who hunts the titans. A fairly appropriate nickname for s1mple.
dev1ce has been on the scene for a very long time and even though he didn't chase s1mple last year for the Player of the Year title, the Dane is still one of the best scorers in the world. However, what is dev1ce interested in, and what nickname did he choose on Steam?
dev1ce also happened to be an anime enjoyer but he chose a different title. The Dane chose the nickname Ray - the name of the character of the anime "The Promised Neverland". One of the main characters of the title can be characterized as an avoidant but very smart child with a good heart, which he hides for the safety of everyone around. Ray has shown himself to be one of the best anime characters.
The sniper currently uses the nickname Herbus Doubledoor on Steam and it looks like a regular funny nickname. However, Harry Potter fans immediately understood the reference.
The nickname of the Frenchman on Steam sounds like with the name of the director of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - Albus Dumbledore. ZywOo combined his last name with a term from CS:GO, and as a result got a very funny pseudonym.
Now cadiaN uses the nickname Mr. X on Steam. And in this case, the scope for references is huge: from athletes to TV shows. But we bet he meant the legendary villain from Resident Evil 2, since cadiaN likes to play not only CS:GO but also single-player games.
Now the YEKINDAR profile exists under the name 90210. At first, it looks like an incomprehensible set of numbers, but it completely matches the name of the American TV series of the 90s.
Beverly Hills, 90210 is about young people who move to Los Angeles. 90210 is one of the zip codes in Beverly Hills, one of the districts of the city. Almost the same situation happened with YEKINDAR - the player played all his life in Eastern Europe, after which he moved to America. Perhaps this was the motivation to take an exact nickname.
The top meme of 2022 that has gone too far is Rasmus HooXi Nielsen. At first, many laughed at his individual performance, but after winning the BLAST Premier World Final 2022, HooXi began to laugh. And what nickname did the meme captain choose on Steam?
Now the Dane uses the nickname The Conductor, which does not require translation but maybe some explanation. And the captain is, to some extent, a real conductor for his team because G2 managed to win their first trophy in five years of their existence only after HooXi joined them.
Right now, the Brazilian's profile exists under the nickname FalleN but his former pseudonym is much more interesting. Prior to this, the Imperial sniper and captain used the nickname n0tail.
Johan n0tail Sundstein is the most successful player in Dota 2, who has about the same achievements as FalleN, who won two majors, and n0tail became the champion of The International twice. Both players are already veterans and know each other well. The Brazilian even appeared on the n0tail podcast, you can watch it here.
This choice of nickname speaks of the close connection between the disciplines, as well as the general community of cyber sportsmen.
The nickname says a lot about the player. Some people choose the name of their favorite character as a pseudonym, some of them want to talk about their favorite series, and some just like making jokes. Professional CS:GO players fit all categories.